Matsui Close to Deal with Astros?

According to a report on late Monday night, citing reports from the Rocky Mountain News and the Houston Chronicle, the Astros are close to signing Kaz Matsui. The Cubs were rumored to be close to a deal last week with the free-agent infielder.

Other than the Cubs announcing their 2008 Spring Training schedule on Monday, all seems pretty quiet on the North Side of Chicago. The biggest news out of the ‘Second City’ on Monday was the trade made on the South Side sending Jon Garland to the Angels for Orlando Cabrera and $1.5 million dollars.

Alex Rodriguez won his third AL MVP Award on Monday. The NL MVP Award will be announced on Tuesday with the front-runners being Jimmy Rollins, Matt Holliday and Prince Fielder. Here is the latest from around the league….

Jason Kendall may be heading north to Milwaukee for the 2008 season. A report on Monday night from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel mentioned the deal could be done before Thanksgiving. If the Brewers sign Kendall, the Cubs will get a sandwich pick as compensation in next year’s draft. The report speculates if the Brewers sign Kendall that could be the end of Johnny Estrada’s era with the Brewers.

The Cardinals signed former Reds’ catcher, Jason LaRue, to a 1-year deal on Monday worth $850,000.

The Cardinals also signed former Tampa Bay Devil Ray, Dewon Brazelton on Monday to a minor league deal. Brazelton was the Opening Day starter for Lou Piniella in 2005.

The Red Sox agreed to terms with Mike Lowell on a 3-year, $37.5 million dollar contract on Monday. With A-Rod and Lowell off the market….let the bidding for the services of Miguel Cabrera begin.

Finally…. Mariano Rivera agreed to terms on Monday with the Yankees on a 3-year, $45 million dollar deal. With Rivera back with the Yankees, the interest in Francisco Cordero will increase.

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